Michael Wright’s Mysterious Death Brings Arizona’s Bison Dele’s Death Back to Mind
The possible murder of former Arizona Wildcats player Michael Wright on Tuesday brought back memories of another Arizona forward that mysteriously died. Brian Williams, who later changed his name to Bison Dele, disappeared on a boating trip from Tahiti to Hawaii in 2002.
Where Wright was allegedly battling a bipolar disorder, according to the New York Daily News, Dele struggled with depression, and even reportedly attempted suicide at one point.
Dele was the 10th overall pick for the Orlando Magic in their third year of existence, after they took guard Nick Anderson in 1989 and Dennis Scott in 1990, setting them up for a solid foundation for years to come.
Chris Ballard, from Sports Illustrated, noted that he had a tough time with his family, which might have been why he changed his name from Brian Williams to Bison Dele.
The mystery around Dele’s death ended up being solved by investigators, as they determined that Dele’s brother, Kevin Williams, killed him, along with his girlfriend and the boat captain, and threw their bodies overboard.
To make the story about Dele even stranger, his brother, who changed his name to Miles Dabord, died in a hospital after being found unconscious on a beach in Tijuana.
As a Magic fan, the story about Michael Wright possibly being killed by a man he met on a gay dating app, reminds me of rumors that Dele was also gay. There’s no judgment here, but I’m pointing out the amazingly sad coincidences surrounding two former Arizona players, whose sexual preference were questioned, and whose lives were taken at the hands of others.
Williams was traded in the summer of 1993 to Denver for Todd Lichti, Anthony Cook, and a second-round pick. He played one season with Shaquille O’Neal in Orlando, but he never played with Penny Hardaway, who they drafted that summer.
I’ve always said that a foundation of Penny Hardaway, Anderson, Scott, Williams and O’Neal would have been tough to contend with for years.
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